Domenic Salerni joins Dalí Quartet and wins silver in the M-Prize Competition


Domenic Salerni

Domenic Salerni ’11 MM has been appointed first violinist of the Dalí Quartet, an ensemble that is known particularly for its excellence in Latin-American repertoire.

Furthermore, as a part of the septet Foundry, Salerni and YSM alumni Ian Rosenbaum ’10 MM ’11 AD, Andy Akiho ’11 MM, and Samuel Suggs ’14 MM, won second prize in the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition in the open division. Foundry is an ensemble that crosses and transcends genres, innovating new sounds through the synthesis of contemporary classical techniques and jazz, reggae, Caribbean, and Soca.  The M-Prize Competition (through the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance) awarded Foundry $7000.


Published June 28, 2016
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Natalie Dietterich wins ASCAP Morton Gould Award

Natalie Dietterich

Natalie Dietterich

Natalie Dietterich ’16 MM, has been named one of the receipients of the 2016 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. In addition to being recognized as one of this year’s winners, Dietterich is also the recipient of the Leo Kaplan Award, which was instituted in memory of the distinguished attorney who served as ASCAP Special Distribution Advisor.

Congratulating the Award recipients, Paul Williams said, “These gifted young composers ranging in age from 14 to 30 represent the bright future of American concert music. We congratulate them and extend our great appreciation to the dedicated panel of ASCAP members who selected the winners from over 700 submissions.” The composers will be recognized at the annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards event in September. MORE

Published April 19, 2016
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Willie Ruff is called a “legend in his own time” at Arts Council Awards | By Amy J. Barry, Correspondent

Willie Ruff, a world-renowned jazz musician and educator who has lived in Branford for more than 30 years, is a “legend in his own time,” says Cynthia Clair, the executive director of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven.

During the Arts Council’s annual awards ceremony earlier this month at the New Haven Lawn Club, where Ruff was the recipient of the C. Newton Schenck III Award for Lifetime Achievement in and Contribution to the Arts, Clair pointed out that Ruff, who attended Yale School of Music as an undergraduate after serving in the Army, performed internationally for 50 years with the late pianist Dwike Mitchell. The duo shared the stage with such jazz icons as Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Sarah Vaughan and is credited with bringing jazz to new audiences around the world, most notably in the Soviet Union in 1959 and China in 1989.

“Among the many things I find fascinating is Willie speaks seven languages,” Clair says. “And he brought the jazz greats of our time to New Haven over the past 30 years. Through the Duke Ellington Fellowship [that he established], he not only introduced them to New Haven audiences, but took them into New Haven Schools.” MORE

Published December 18, 2015
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YDN: Jazz pioneer receives lifetime achievement award

Photo by Harold Shapiro

Photo by Harold Shapiro

Yale Daily News | By Maya Chandra

Yale School of Music professor Willie Ruff ’53 YSM ’54 was presented with the C. Newton Schenck III Award for Lifetime Achievement award at the Arts Council of Greater New Haven Friday.

Arts Council Executive Director Cindy Clair said Ruff’s national prominence as a jazz figure, his lengthy teaching career and his work with the Duke Ellington Fellowship program — an initiative that brings world-renowned jazz musicians to Yale and New Haven Public Schools -— made him an excellent candidate for the award at the Arts Council’s annual Art Awards Luncheon this past weekend.

Ruff, who played the French horn and double bass alongside pianist Dwight Mitchell for more than 50 years, accompanied Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie and other world-famous jazz musicians throughout his roughly 60-year career. But despite rubbing shoulders with the biggest names in jazz and being a leader in the genre, Ruff, who joined the Yale faculty in 1971, remains down-to-earth and high spirited. MORE

Published December 7, 2015
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Willie Ruff among Greater New Haven Arts Council honorees

Willie Ruff

Willie Ruff

New Haven Register | By Joe Amarante

There’s something special about the art of Susan Clinard, who is quick to point out that there’s something very special about art in general — as a powerful tool for self- and world-awareness. Wood sculptor Clinard, who has created a notable body of work in her artist residency at Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop, will be one of six people and organizations honored at the annual Arts Council of Greater New Haven Awards and Luncheon Dec. 4 at the New Haven Lawn Club.[…]

The Arts Council has been host to the annual Arts Awards for three-plus decades. And speaking of long commitments, the C. Newton Schenck III Award for Lifetime Achievement (and Contributions to the Arts) will go to Willie Ruff, an accomplished and Yale-educated jazz musician who has also served the community as an educator at Yale, writer (about classical composer Paul Hindemith, who was a teacher of his at Yale, and about his experiences with jazz composers Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn) and ambassador (his Mitchell-Ruff Duo was the first jazz band to play in the Soviet Union and China). MORE

Published December 1, 2015
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Ian Tuski honored with Yale-Jefferson Public Service Award

Tuski teaches in the New Haven Public Schools

Tuski teaches in the New Haven Public Schools

Ian Tuski ’15 MM is to be honored with a Yale-Jefferson Public Service Award. The awards recognize those who inspire the Yale community through innovative, effective, and sustained service for the greater good.

The Yale-Jefferson Public Service Awards were launched in 2012 by the Association of Yale Alumni, Students and Alumni of Yale (STAY), and the Jefferson Awards for Public Service. Three awards are now given each year: one to a Yale undergraduate, one to a graduate/professional student, and one to an alumnus. MORE

Published November 19, 2015
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Yale recognizes Music in Schools Initiative with Linda K. Lorimer Award

2015.10.28 LKL AwardOn Oct. 28, President Salovey and Linda K. Lorimer presented 35 Yale staff members representing nine key initiatives with the Linda K. Lorimer Award for staff excellence and distinguished service to the university.

Salovey noted that the employees’ unique and important contributions represent the true sprit of Yale: innovation, leadership, teamwork, commitment, and exemplary service.

The staff members of the School of Music’s Music in Schools Initiative — Michael Yaffe, Rubén Rodríguez, and Kate Gonzales — received the award for their work connecting Yale with the New Haven community. The President’s citation reads:

By teaming to develop the innovative Music in Schools Program, they have reinforced Yale’s connections with the New Haven community and earned us national recognition for this model of cultural leadership.

In his letter of nomination, Dean Blocker said that –

The evolution of this venture, especially under the watchful eyes of Michael, Rubén, and Kate, has been extraordinary. And the enthusiasm, hope, and joy seen in these children and their families have united the many diverse populations of New Haven. In the closing concert of the Morse Academy this summer, Sprague Hall was almost filled to capacity with parents and friends who only two or three years earlier had not entered the campus, certainly not to see their children on an international stage.

Read the full list of 2015 Linda K. Lorimer Award winners here.

Published November 3, 2015
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Charles Richard-Hamelin wins silver in Chopin Competition

charles-richard-hamelinCanadian pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin won silver at the prestigious 17th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland. He also won the prize for the best performance of a sonata.

First place went to Seong-Jin Cho of South Korea; American Kate Liu took third.

This year’s competition featured over 75 young pianists from 20 different countries. During the three weeks of the competition, the pianists played only Chopin’s works before a 17-member international jury.

In its 88-year history, the Chopin competition has gained a reputation as one of the world’s top piano events, opening international careers to young pianists. MORE

Published October 21, 2015
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David Lang named Chevalier of France’s Order of Arts and Letters

David Lang, composer

David Lang, composer

Composer and YSM faculty member David Lang ’83 MMA, ’89 DMA has been awarded the insignia of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. The award was announced late last week.

Lang was awarded the insignia alongside Tim Griffin, executive director of The Kitchen, on October 16 at the Payne Whitney Mansion in New York. Bénédicte de Montlaur, the French Embassy’s cultural counselor, presented the award, which was created in 1957 to recognize those who have contributed to the furthering of French art.

A professor of the YSM composition faculty since 2008, David Lang’s music has been performed by major musical, dance, and theatrical organizations throughout the world and have earned him numerous accolades including the Pulitzer Prize for music. He is also know for his work as co-founder and co-artistic director of contemporary music collective Bang on a Can, which has toured widely in France. Lang often collaborates with French choreographers like Maud le Pladec and Benjamin Millepied, and has contributed to French art projects and installations at the Fondation Cartier and the Raymond Raymond Poincaré hospital.


Published October 19, 2015
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